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Nigerian talented singer and Award-winning entertainer, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo  professionally known as D’banj, has emerged as one of the star judges for the seventh season of the Nigerian Idol reality TV show.

The singer In this chat, opens up on his music, marriage and why for the first time he agreed to serve as a judge of a reality singing competition. Enjoy it.

Is this the first time you are serving as a judge of any reality show?

Yes, this is the first time I will be a judge of any show. I’ve had different offers all through the years. But this is the first time I’m on a reality show for singing talents as a judge, and it has been very interesting.

If this is your first time serving as a judge on a reality show, why Nigerian idol?

First and foremost, it’s Nigerian Idol and I’m Nigerian. Secondly, I think there’s no better time because of the growth of the Nigerian music industry. You know, the recent growth of the industry has made it so important for us to really embrace what God has given us. This is a journey that we have been on for over a decade, and to have this kind of acceptance globally as we have today, it is so important to grow the ones on grounds, and let them know that they are part of the growth. So for me, there is no other perfect platform more than the Nigerian Idol. I was actually out of the country when the offer came to be one of the judges this new season. To be honest, I couldn’t contain my excitement and right from there, I decided that I would come to the show with my own unique strategy that will wow the contestants and viewers.

As someone who often says it’s hard to say no to any talent, how would you handle a lot of contestants wanting you to pick them whereas you have limited choices?

Yes, it’s hard sometimes to say no to all the talents, but that’s why if you know yourself, you actually have to adapt. I believe everyone has a chance in life, but if you don’t encourage people to excel, they might not get to the next level. I believe there are creative ways you can turn people down to the extent that even while they are going home, they are happy. I can’t pass everybody but those that would have to go back home, I think there are creative ways that you can actually pass your message, leaving that visible hope

If this is your first time serving as a judge on a reality show, why Nigerian idol?

First and foremost, it’s Nigerian Idol and I’m Nigerian. Secondly, I think there’s no better time because of the growth of the Nigerian music industry. You know, the recent growth of the industry has made it so important for us to really embrace what God has given us. This is a journey that we have been on for over a decade, and to have this kind of acceptance globally as we have today, it is so important to grow the ones on grounds, and let them know that they are part of the growth. So for me, there is no other perfect platform more than the Nigerian Idol. I was actually out of the country when the offer came to be one of the judges this new season. To be honest, I couldn’t contain my excitement and right from there, I decided that I would come to the show with my own unique strategy that will wow the contestants and viewers.

As someone who often says it’s hard to say no to any talent, how would you handle a lot of contestants wanting you to pick them whereas you have limited choices?

Yes, it’s hard sometimes to say no to all the talents, but that’s why if you know yourself, you actually have to adapt. I believe everyone has a chance in life, but if you don’t encourage people to excel, they might not get to the next level. I believe there are creative ways you can turn people down to the extent that even while they are going home, they are happy. I can’t pass everybody but those that would have to go back home, I think there are creative ways that you can actually pass your message, leaving that visible hope.